I’ve been noticing lately that more of us and by that I mean you fellow bloggers who have been here on WordPress for a long time, have been getting a bit perturbed by WordPress updating the way they are going to make us blog. I understand that things evolve and sometimes in order to keep up with modern technology etc. change must come. I mean, we are all on different vehicles for blogging than when we first started so there’s one example. But this block editor business? Not feeling it! No sir! Not one bit! Maybe I am set in my ways but I find it confusing that WP is telling me that these changes are based upon customers requests.
Did you ask for change? I didn’t? Know anyone who did?
I tried the block editor once and was totally frustrated by how things went from my being able to post comfortably to wondering just WTH was going on and what is this mess you call new and improved! So I sent a message to the WP help forum asking what is going on. Will we continue to have a choice of block or classic? And when might they take classic away from us. Here was the reply:
Hi @imagesbytdashfield, the classic editor will not be available forever. Here’s why:
– The WordPress community decided to create the new editor to add some in-demand features.
– Maintaining two different editors, and ensuring they work together with themes, plugins, and with each other, is highly difficult.
So while I can’t say when the “classic” option will go away, it’s likely not going to be around forever.
Given that, if you’ll let us know what specific issues you’re running into with the block editor, or what is it you dislike, we can pass along that feedback. I would love to see the block editor become a comfortable user experience for you.
Again… what in-demand features were asked for cause I can’t even figure out the basics of the damned thing!
What ever happened to giving the customer what they wanted and/or if it ain’t broke don’t fix it? I’ve seen some of your posts where you have mentioned that if classic goes so will you and to be honest, I’m almost there with you. I’m sticking with my reliable comfortable classic editor and if/when the time comes that I am forced into the new era, well, we shall see. I will try and give it a chance but if it doesn’t suit my needs then I will have to look into other options maybe or my posting will really be stretched out as my speed with which I edit will plummet I am sure.
Having had my rant session, what are your feelings on the classic vs block editor? If you are now using block after having used classic how was the transition for you? Any tips on how to make it less frustrating? And if you feel you may leave WP, what other options do you have to continue your blogging if you continue it?
Let’s talk about this… I really think we could all benefit from this discussion.